What to Know About: General Contractors »
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Hodges Brothers installed a new shingle roof on my house. After they told me the roof was completed I was treated to a strong smell of mold in my house. I soon noticed streaks on my outside wall where water would run down from under the eaves when it rained. I went up to my attic and found water intrusion in the attic.After 2 return visits by Hodges Brothers and after I had removed the insulation from the attic, I found that the house showed water intrusion under the eaves for the entire 25’ section. I informed Harrison of this via text. He did not get back to me. I phoned him early the next week and he informed me that he had received the text but had not bothered to respond. He said that the leak was not coming through the roof but rather through the soffit where the water would run off the roof, down the flashing onto the fascia and along the bottom of the soffit into the house. He went on further to say this was not their problem. I disagree. I feel that a competent and professional builder would do what is necessary to ensure that their roof worked properly with the fascia and soffit and that there would be a functioning drip edge. At the very least, they would have foreseen the water leak and informed me before the work was finished. We are now going on the 4th week of water intrusion. The smell remains and my dog is getting sick. I conclude that the wood construction of the house is now moldy and mold remediation will be necessary. I can no longer wait for Hodges Brothers to take responsibility for their work and have taken care of this myself. It cost me less than $150 to have someone come out and install a proper drip edge. That is a minor cost that should not have presented any complications to an ethical roofing company. In an attempt to speak to someone other than Harrison, I have placed a call to their home office and am waiting for them to respond. I have now been waiting all week and do not believe they will respond to me.
This new one Brenda has done more in the short time she has been here than Danette did in years.However it seems she is just as lazy as Danette is. Does not fix anything when you ask for it. Asked to have water shutoff repaired last october, here we are in may and its still not fixed. Also they pick and chose who they want to repair or clean up their lot. If its by one of there homes they are selling they make everyone fix everything. As for you Rose A, learn to read and write English before you post.. It just shows what trailer park trash you are. You signed a lease when you moved in, try following the rules. The new pictures put on today 1/31/17 are of 13738 wesleyan blvd. as you can see rather than fix there old trailers the park puts the skirting up higher so it covers the rotten floor and wall boards. also you can see all the water and mold on the ceiling from the roof falling in. buyer beware when buying here. its all about making a buck and who cares about the residents.
I've recently had a great experience with RBS Construction and Roofing from start to finish. They were on the seen as soon as possible to tarp my home from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. I highly recommend there services where quality wasn't compromised. ���� Robert N.http://www.rbsroofing.com/
I had RBS C&R come out to my house do a property evaluation. Very professional and thorough. Very excited to have them do the work to my house. So far everything has went very smooth. Definitely recommend RBS C&R to anyone and everyone. I also have two other friends of mine doing work with them and they have said the same. Check RBS out.
been here three and a half years. When I first moved in lot rent was 500 dollars a month went goes up every year. this january it is going up to 588 dollars . I am on a fixed income my income has not gone up . Nothing gets done. I use to love living here now we deal with cars getting broke into drug dealers, Paved roads only in front but back has pt holes went to use pool one day hair extention and filth. when the do clean it it is the hottest part of the day. Claim the love their residents but it is all lies!!!! Stay away from here is my advice to everyone!! the management sucks bad attitude and lazy!!!!
Terrible Managementif your a drug dealer or befriend the manager you can do whatever you want. Have complained about drug dealers to manager and her reply was "nothing I can do about it call the police" complained about a run down eye sore and reply was" Nothing I can do about it" turns out she is friends with him so she cites everyone around for minor things but makes excuses about him "oh he's been ill oh he got hurt always defending him yet he runs an auto repair business there which is against rules but ok for him. The rent increases it gets worse. Lost the security guard we had lost the security cameras but can paint the curbs at office every other week manager will not talk to you if you have complaint says to busy . So make friends with the manager and you can do anything you want even sell drugs park is full of dealers
terrible management, can't ' be in peace. harassment environment every week. Manager crossing your place with no notice, toke a picture from everything. Can't has a patio set, can't has a covered car under your carport, etc. Drugs every night, shooting gun. look like we leaving in the middle east. She do no respect you're privacy. Met Lab. everywhere. time to move my home from this place.
INTERESTED IN FILING A CLASS ACTION SUIT FOR DISCRIMINATION IN THIS DUMP PLEASE CONTACT ALAFAYAPALMSSUCKS@gmail.com. Park sucks they refuse to do anything here to fix the place they just collect your rent expect you to keep your property pristine.They sticker&TOW cars as there is NO PARKING HERE! Homes are full of mold and termites.Sewage pouring onto the street right beside the children's playground The water is shut off by the park at least once a week with 0 NOTICE The water lines and roads are terrible and they refuse to do anything.They EXPECT us to keep our properties pristine while they let the park go to shit.You remodel or have unusual trash and it gets left on the sidewalk as the fly by night garbage company they have wont take anything but bagged trash.The supposed courtesy lawn care is the worse I ever had they cut half the yard.BUT the park puts notices on YOUR door when THEIR idiots do the lawn care. Drug dealers living in this park you can watch drug deals to 12 yr olds right in front of your own home. The park is DOING NOTHING about this! Some of the bad kids here tear up peoples plants they throw dead puppies in your yard they shit in your backyards at night and bums drink and leave beer bottles and cans all over yards and NOTHING is done about it. I AM FLIPPING THIS HOME ASAP They collect over 550 a month DONT DO SHIT for the park or tenants.They sell you a 4 bdrm home and have parking for 2 cars and if you park on the streets or sidewalks you get your car towed. There are cats and dogs wandering the streets and one a chihuahua that runs loose it has owners and bites people walking or riding bicycles the park refuses to take care of it stating that the residents their kids or animals are not the parks problem and since they rented spaces to these idiots they ARE liable for everything their tenants do. DONT COME TO HERE FOR A HOME YOU WILL BE SORRY!THEY ONLY WANT YOUR MONEY AND DO NOTHING FOR IT!THEY HAVE THE WORST MANAGEMENT EVER IN THIS DUMP!!!
They're very rude!!! We spoke with Anthony and asked if he was one of the workers and he replied with " No, my name is Anthony". We followed up with him with queshtions and he snaps on me and says " Why so many queshtions?! I get paid to work not answer queshtions" he was very rude and disrespectful
I wouldn't trust these people as far as you can throw them. BEWARE OF THEIR CONTRACTS. ONE SIDED.. SIGN AND YOU ARE DEAD.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.